Arrests Made in Desert Hot Springs Mailbox Theft

Arrests Made in Mailbox Theft

Damien Collins

DESERT HOT SPRINGS — Damien Collins, 33, of Desert Hot Springs is in custody in connection with mailbox theft in January.

Collins was taken into custody for probable cause of grand theft, possession of stolen property, felony vandalism, identity theft, kidnapping, corporal injury to a spouse, and dissuading a witness.

On Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, the Desert Hot Springs Police Department received a report of a large community mailbox stolen in the Hacienda Heights neighborhood. A witness was able to record the theft and provided that video to police.

Detectives assumed the investigation and identified a suspect. On Monday, Feb. 5. The suspect was taken into custody in the area of Palm Drive and Desert View Avenue without incident.

Detectives also served a search warrant related to this investigation and located numerous pieces of stolen mail.

The suspect was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio on this case, as well as an unrelated case.

A female passenger was also taken into custody on unrelated warrants for her arrest.

Between Oct. 1, 2021 and Sept. 30, 2022 (the Postal Service’s 2022 fiscal year), 412 letter carriers were robbed while on duty. That has increased to 305 incidents from Oct. 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023 (the first half of the current fiscal year), according to the U.S. Postal Service.

Mail thefts of high volume, including from blue collection boxes, rose from 38,500 in fiscal year 2022 to more than 25,000 in the first half of fiscal year 23, according to the Postal Service.

Image Sources

  • Collins booking photo: DHSPD
  • Handcuffs: Pixabay